Mar 4, 2018
By this time in the story of the Book of Acts, we have seen the effectiveness of Paul’s ministry, which provides ample proof of the reality of his calling. As we read Paul’s testimony found in Acts 22:6-21, he makes it clear that his commission had come from Jesus Christ Himself, and that his entire life since the time of his conversion on the road to Damascus had been the work of God. He was a chosen instrument of God, handpicked even before he was born and given a very specific assignment to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles. And Paul had been faithful to that task. Which was the very reason he had been accosted and arrested in the temple courtyard that day in Jerusalem. A contingent of Jews from Asia had come to town and had seen Paul in the Courtyard of the Israelites and accused him of violating Mosaic law by bringing a Gentile into the restricted area, thus desecrating the temple. But Paul had been innocent. In fact, the whole point of his testimony was to assure those in his audience that he had simply been doing the will of God. Yes, he had been sharing the gospel with Gentiles, as he had been commanded but, ever since his conversion, he had never done anything to violate the will of God. He had been appointed by God and had lived his life trying to do exactly what he had been told to do. His days of living outside the will of God were long gone. And the very fact that he was suffering for the sake of the gospel was ample proof that he had been obedient to God’s will and his life was a fulfillment of Christ’s prediction.